Bailey's Cafe by Gloria Naylor
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Welcome to Bailey's Cafe, where the food may not be much but the ambiance is graced by myth and magic. The cafe is home to Sadie, the lady-like alcoholic with a mania for cleanliness; to Sweet Esther, who caters to unspeakable appetites in a nearby "boarding house," taking payment only in white roses; and to Mariam, the Ethiopian child who may be the bearer of a miracle. Gloria Naylor's breathtaking new novel is an enthralling fusion of lives whose courage, mystery, and humor suggest nothing less than a blues tapestry of America.